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A $500,000 reminder: Hypocrisy reigns on all sides in debt ceiling showdown

Americans for Prosperity will spend half a million dollars in Florida targeting President Barack Obama's pre-presidential voting record on prior debt ceiling votes 

The group, founded by the conservative Koch brothers, will spend $1 million nationally and $500,000 in Florida. The ads will run in the Tampa, St. Petersburg, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Daytona Beach, West Palm Beach and Jacksonville TV stations. Ads also will air in Ohio.

"Floridians need to know that in 2006, President Obama said in his own words that '…raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure,'" said Americans for Prosperity-Florida State Chapter Director Slade O’Brien. "We urge Floridians to tell Obama that his administration’s reckless government spending is detrimental to our economy."

Americans for Prosperity is right: Obama has a mixed record on the debt ceiling. But so do most political leaders, and of both parties. Both Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., voted against it in 2006.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., voted to increase the debt limit seven times from 2002 to 2008, when Republican George W. Bush was president. But since Obama took office, McConnell has voted against it three times. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, voted for stand-alone debt-limit increases in 2002 and 2004, raising the debt limit to $6.4 trillion and $8.2 trillion.

Last week, we detailed how Florida's Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson has voted on previous debt ceiling hikes.

Here's the Americans for Prosperity video: 





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Larry Thorson

They are silly to say that Obama "racked up" the debt that's due to the Bush tax cuts and the Bush economy going over the cliff before Obama was even elected. This could have been stopped with a return to pre-Bush tax rates on the rich, but no, who's against that? The so-called "Americans for Prosperity," who are ... the very rich.

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Of course, at the time, President Obama wasn't party to hostage taking over the debt ceiling with potential fiscal default as the consequence.

The Koch's are in this for only one thing. The gutting of Government, so they can ride rough shod over the rest of us, laughing all the way to the bank.

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